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African Journey:Emotional Trauma and Transcendent Function-Eberhard Riedel PhD
Good Shepherd Center, Rm 202
Seattle, WA
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African Journey:Emotional Trauma and Transcendent Function-Eberhard Riedel PhD
Eberhard Riedel, Ph.D., D.C.S.W., Jungian Analyst presentation My African Journey--Emotional Trauma and the Transcendent Function stands alone as a lecture and offers an introduction to a Saturday workhop.

In a rapidly changing world paying attention to innate capacities such as what Jung calls the transcendent function can make a difference. At home and abroad we face the seemingly intractable problem of fundamentalist ideology, racism and tribal violence tearing apart the human fabric. In this presentation I discuss ways I employ digital photography blended with old healing methods in order to transcend personal and cultural layers of reference and rekindle the struggle of giving birth to one's future. Over the past seven years I have worked with marginalized and traumatized populations in Africa to help communities dealing with psychological consequences of war and violence.

In a Cameras without Borders workshop a survivor of sexual violence in eastern Congo said, "The camera is pregnant." Such metaphors function to shatter limitations of the mind making visible what cannot be perceived. The transcendent function is midwife in a relational process of healing the wounds of emotional trauma.

Saturday workshop registration is separate.

Learning Objectives for Saturday Workshop follows:

1. Developing cross-cultural agency in psychotherapy and clinical social work.

2. Developing sensibility to relational knowing, i.e., the role the transcendent function plays both intra- and inter-subjectively.

3. Recognizing the importance of restoring capacity for play and curiosity in the treatment of psychological trauma.

4. Recognizing that modeling curiosity in self and other imbues relationships with mutuality.

Eberhard Riedel, Ph.D., D.C.S.W., is a photographer and Jungian psychoanalyst living in Seattle, WA. In 2006 he initiated the Cameras without Borders project employing photography as a tool for healing with African communities affected by the consequences of war and violence. His project aims at engaging people at home and abroad as it seeks to nourish seeds of reconciliation and mutual understanding. Cameras without Borders is a Blue Earth 501(c)(3) project. Please visit

This presentation is open to the public and offers CEUs to mental health professionals. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: 7.0 units for lecture and workshop $15; 2.0 units for the Friday lecture $10; 5 units for the Saturday workshop $10.



Good Shepherd Center, Rm 202 (View)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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